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In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
Before you begin, ring the chime or other noisemaker. Make eye contact with each participant.
Read or tell the story. Sound the chime again at the end.
Invite the children to think about the story silently for a few moments.
Now we are going to practice listening and discussing skills. As we find out what one another thought about the story, both skills are needed to understand the story better from the multiple perspectives in the room.
Ask everyone to use "I think" or "I feel" statements. Remind them not to assume others think or feel the same way. You may suggest that a brief silence follow each person's comment.
Invite the children to retell the story briefly. What children recall and relay tells you what they found most meaningful or memorable. Then use these questions to facilitate discussion. Make sure every child who wants to speak has a chance.
Share one or two sentences articulating what this story teaches about being at church and how it helps us and others (re)make the world. Ask:
Besides bullies and enemies, what other kinds of problems might be good to learn about here? Can you think of stories or ideas we can talk about at church that might make your life more peaceful, more useful, or happier?
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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